Workshops, Courses & Events

This page lists events, workshops and courses hosted or sponsored by OIRM.

Can’t make it in person? Some of our events are live streamed on our YouTube channel. Please click on individual listings for more details.

We encourage live tweeting at our events using #OIRMevents.

Ask a Stem Cell Scientist Facebook Live @ Live on Facebook
Feb 20 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cindi Morshead Facebook Live Poster

Cindi Morshead, PhD, from the University of Toronto’s Donnelly Centre will be chatting live with Chris Ahuja, a trainee from Michael Fehlings Lab, about her work in stroke and spinal repair.

Have questions for Cindi? Send them to or share them on our Facebook page!

Clinical Translation Workshop – Manufacturing, reimbursement and running a clinical trial
Feb 21 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm

OIRM’s Clinical Translation Initiative Workshop series is focused on the translation of research studies from the lab into the clinic, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss critical steps and share lessons learned. This workshop will focus on cell manufacturing, clinical trial reimbursement and logistics of running a clinical trial.

This workshop will cover several topics including:

  • Central versus source manufacturing of cell therapy products
  • IABS guidelines on IPS/ES cell usage and manufacturing
  • Reimbursement modelling in Canada including reimbursement strategy for institutional manufacturing
  • Recruitment and retention of patients
  • Research design methodology
  • Regulatory considerations for commercialization and translation

Speakers include:

  • Harry Atkins, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Christopher McCabe, Institute for Health Economics
  • Dean Fergusson, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Siofradh McMahon, CCRM
  • Terrence Yau, University Health Network
  • David Courtman, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


Register for this event here or download the agenda.

A limited number of travel awards are available to help support out of town attendees. Please indicate your interest in being considered for travel support on your registration. Deadline to apply for travel support is January, 31, 2019.

SMRTS Series: Building a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in science
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

OIRM is happy to partner with GlycoNet as part of our SMRTS series to bring you this seminar on Building a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in science with Dr. Imogen Coe, Ryerson University.

Presented by webcast only, register here.

Seminar Description: We hear a lot about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) these days and as scientists, regardless of gender, ethnicity or other aspects of our humanity, we are all increasingly expected to be able to speak knowledgeably to EDI principles in applications for positions, recruitment to teams, grant writing, teaching and other aspects of our work.  However, there is relatively little training in these areas for young scientists in Canada. Each network participating in the SMRTS program is committed to the professional development of the next generation of scientists and researchers, and so this webinar is aimed at trainees who are interested in developing and improving their core competencies in the area of EDI in science. The whys, where, hows and whats of EDI will be discussed and there will be ample opportunity for questions.

Global Speaker Series – Weian Zhao
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Weian Zhao, PhD, associate professor at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.


Please check back soon for more details.

Boehringer-Ingelheim Pitch Day
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

OIRM is happy to partner with Boehringer-Ingelheim to host a Pitch Day where investigators will have the opportunity meet with members of Boehringer’s Research Beyond Borders business development and venture team. Boehringer’s is interested on exploring emerging science and technologies through collaborations and partnership, and start building a relationship with investigators around promising technologies.

For this 2019 Pitch Day, Boehringer-Ingelheim is interested in new pathways, targets and ultimately molecular entities (small molecule or biologics) that modulate/stimulate human endogenous cells for tissues regeneration and restoration of organs physiological functions. This includes but is not limited to indications for:

  • Diabetes
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Sarcopenia
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis

Applications are due to OIRM by February 20, 2019. For more information and to download the application form visit here.

TPRM Annual Regenerative Medicine Student Symposium
Apr 10 – Apr 11 all-day

Save the date for the annual Regenerative Medicine Student Symposium put on by the Translational Program in Regenerative Medicine.

This years keynotes include Dr. Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto and Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, SALK Institute.

More details can be found on the TPRM website or you can register here.


Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease Workshop
May 7 – May 10 all-day

OIRM in collaboration with the Hospital For Sick Children’s CFIT Program are pleased to offer a 4-day hands-on workshop looking at the ‘Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease’. This comprehensive course will cover methods to maintain human iPS cells in culture and the directed differentiation of these cells to epithelial cells suitable as models for the study of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We will discuss and demonstrate important aspects of the workflow, including characterization of patient-derived iPS cells and how they can be used as a model system for the study of CF lung disease.

The course is open to Canadian and International academic trainees with limited space available to industry participants.  Both the CFIT Program and OIRM are providing a limited number of trainee travel/registration awards for successful applicants.

More information about this workshop and travel awards can be found on the CFIT website or download the poster.

Application deadline: March 31, 2019.

For more information on this course, please contact the Program Manager, Paul Eckford at  or Jodi Garner at

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Annual Symposium
May 15 all-day

Save the date for OIRM’s Annual Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Symposium in Toronto on May 15, 2019.

We’re pleased to have Pete Coffey, PhD from University College London as this year’s keynote speaker.

Please check back soon for more details or save this event to be notified when tickets become available.

ISSCR 2019 Annual meeting
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day

The ISSCR Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California from 26-29 June, 2019. this four-day program features more than 200 speakers from around the world, demonstrating the excellence of stem cells and regenerative medicine research.

OIRM is offering travel awards to help support trainees attendance at this meeting, please submit your abstract directly to ISSCR by February 6, 2019 to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

Early registration closes March 3, 2019.